Beechboro Christian School art teacher celebrates 20 years

Lifetime of teaching: Beechboro Christian School art teacher Linda Hewson celebrated 20 years with the school
Lifetime of teaching: Beechboro Christian School art teacher Linda Hewson celebrated 20 years with the school

JULY 20 marked the celebration of two decades at Beechboro Christian School for art teacher Linda Hewson.

The whole school gathered to celebrate Mrs Hewson’s 20th year at the school as head of campus Michael Bolan thanked her for her dedication and passion for teaching.

“We celebrated the fact that Linda Hewson has been at Beechboro Christian School for 20 years,” he said.

“We also acknowledge how many lives she has impacted in a positive way throughout this time.

“She has been part of the very fabric that has been woven together over the years, creating the special community and sense of belonging.”

During the assembly, two students from each class presented Mrs Hewson with gifts, starting with a large card from the Year 6 students, and including a bouquet of paper flowers from the younger students.

The students also performed a song titled “Who is the queen of the art room” sung to the tune of Colin Buchanan’s “Who is the King of the Jungle”.

Their words included “Who is the queen of the art room, who is the queen of the scene?

“Who’s the Queen of the paints and glue, the pencils and the dreams?”

Mrs Hewson joined the school in 1997 to teach the first dedicated Kindergarten class, and subsequently taught in Pre-Primary before becoming the art teacher in 2010.

“It’s been such a wonderful journey working with hundreds of students,” she said.

“One of the most memorable occasions was when a fire came very close to our school, and threatened its survival.

“It reinforced how important our school was to me, and I’m grateful that we are still here.”

Her philosophy is based on the Reggio Emilia approach that everyone is a teacher, and that parents, grandparents, and teachers must partner together in education.

Over the years, Mrs Hewson has been key in running the junior and senior choirs, and assisted running school concerts.

“Another swag of great memories were the concerts performed on Saturday Pre-primary, to celebrate mums and dads on their special days,” she said.

She led the school’s Wednesday afternoon clubs, and she organised the welcome of seniors in the community to enter the school as helpers.